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Old 05-17-2006, 06:21 AM   #1
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My wife and I recently retired and were hoping to spend more time using our well traveled Airstream. I am at least its 3rd owner, the man I bought it from had two others at the time and and was looking to free up some space. Over the past few years we have made a few changes and are looking forwad to improving it to fit our needs. (We did stop by the local dealer to pick up some parts and checked out the new models - they are heavy! Also, in my opinion, not as well suited as older models to back woods camping.)

Anyway, my latest problem: the inside pane of the roadside corner window has a spider web of cracks - replacement is not available. I'll be using this site to scope out possible solutions to this and other problems upon return from our yearly wildflower hunt.

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Old 05-17-2006, 11:25 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums from across the pond. You own my favorite trailer. I still miss my Tradewind and maybe someday when I have the room will buy another one just to play with. I agree they are nicer than the new ones.
My suggestion with the window is to carefully remove the inside window. Once it breaks it can not be replaced with a double pane window, the replacement is a single pane. Be careful to mask off all of the glass and have a good tarp down. The glass will break into thousands of little balls, if taped well enough it will hold together when you remove it.
Good luck to you. Let me know if you ever come camping on this side of the lake?
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:56 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums from across the pond. You own my favorite trailer. I still miss my Tradewind and maybe someday when I have the room will buy another one just to play with. I agree they are nicer than the new ones.
My suggestion with the window is to carefully remove the inside window. Once it breaks it can not be replaced with a double pane window, the replacement is a single pane. Be careful to mask off all of the glass and have a good tarp down. The glass will break into thousands of little balls, if taped well enough it will hold together when you remove it.
Good luck to you. Let me know if you ever come camping on this side of the lake?
Kent sure is right, we still find shards of glass! You have a real gem in that 75 Trade Wind! We love ours!
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Old 05-26-2006, 06:38 AM   #4
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Thanks for the information. We just returned - found nice patch of trillium near Pellston MI, not much else to report from the trip but had a good time.

The window is still together, I may get brave and try to remaove it. On the other hand if I mask it off I can let road vibration do my work for me and not risk breaking the outside pane.

Latest problem: Broken rear window- rock from a lawnmover at a gas station on our return. It is in the garage now so I'll hve to scope out how to fix it. Also have a leak in the water heater fitting!

I getting to wonder how we ever had time to work instead of fixing things!

Anyway, thanks for the help - I'll be visiting this site oftern over the summer.

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